Human Resource Redeployability and Entrepreneurial Hiring Strategy
58 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2021 Last revised: 23 Oct 2022
Date Written: October 20, 2022
The timing of talent acquisition is a central decision for new ventures. On one hand, hiring after demand is proven minimizes losses. On the other hand, hiring before demand is proven allows new ventures to start developing unique capabilities. We resolve this tension by proposing that the timing depends on human resource redeployability. We test our theory with the population of Finnish ventures showing that portfolio entrepreneurs hire more employees early on because they have the option to redeploy them and that they hire employees with more transferable skills in order to benefit from the redeployment option. To probe our mechanisms, we examine how talent acquisition strategies in portfolio and standalone ventures vary with external conditions that reduce or amplify the benefits of redeployment.
Keywords: entrepreneurship, human capital, hiring strategy, resource redeployment, new ventures
JEL Classification: M13
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